John Curtin Law Clinic for undergraduate students

John Curtin Law Clinic and Curtin Link give eligible Law students the opportunity to put their legal skills into practice and develop professional skills. Under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners, you will meet with and prepare pro bono advice and information for clients.

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The unit provides you with excellent workplace experience in the dedicated clinical legal education environment of the John Curtin Law Clinic.

How it works

You have the opportunity to assist clients in one or more of the John Curtin Law Clinic’s practice areas:

  • Small Business Disputes Advice
  • Discrimination Law Advice

Clinic students also have the opportunity to assist clients of Curtin Link – this is a Curtin initiative providing legal, tax and business assistance to not-for-profit organisations, start-ups, and businesses with a social enterprise focus in the development or early operation phase.

By enrolling in this unit you will contribute to access to justice by assisting clients who would not otherwise be able to afford legal assistance. You will also critically reflect on your roles and responsibilities as a future member of the legal profession.

Eligibility

Enrolment in the Legal Clinic elective unit (LAWS3005) is by application.

To be eligible to apply, you will ideally be studying in your penultimate year. There is flexibility in this, and we may be able to make an exception. Please submit an application with your preferred study period and we will get in touch with you to discuss your individual study plan.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes are:

  • Undertake directed legal research on specific matters and analyse and evaluate the results of that research.
  • Engage professionally and appropriately with clients.
  • Make and communicate recommendations clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Class attendance

You will be required to attend:

  • An induction and training workshop, where you will learn about Law Clinic/Curtin Link procedures including how to use the practice management database
  • 1 weekly rostered day (7 hours) at the Law Clinic/Curtin Link to meet with clients, undertake client work, manage files and carry out other responsibilities
  • 1 weekly seminar (2 hours) to share, reflect on and consolidate experiences regarding legal professional practice.

Assessment

Assessment for the unit is Pass/Fail and is determined on the basis of the following components:

  • Legal drafting
  • Reflective learning participation
  • Professional practice skills

Throughout the unit, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate professional practice skills, including by participating in client interviews and managing client files. You are expected to engage professionally and appropriately with clients. You are responsible for managing client files to a high standard, consistent with your professional responsibilities. You will learn how to manage client files using the Law Clinic’s practice management database as you would in a law firm.

Enrolment

You cannot self-enrol in Legal Clinic (LAWS3005). Curtin Law School Student Services will manually enrol you in the unit if your application is successful.

Enrolment is offered on a first come, first served basis in the order of applications received, as far as possible. We therefore suggest applying as early as possible.

Waitlist

Waitlists are maintained if Legal Clinic becomes fully subscribed. If you are on the waitlist and a place becomes available you will be contacted and given a limited period of time to respond and accept or decline the place before it is offered to the next person on the list.

Submit your application

Contact for more information

If you need assistance with your application, or would like further details about the Legal Clinic unit, email lawclinic-admin@curtin.edu.au